Monday, 20 March 2017 - 7:25
Rangana Herath opens up about the startling defeat at series against Bangladesh



Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath has said he was confident of defending 191 in the fourth innings, although they would have liked more runs to work with.

Herath has been the central figure in each of Sri Lanka's five most recent home victories, when they have bowled out visiting sides for 171 (West Indies), 161, 183 and 160 (Australia), as well as dismissing Bangladesh for 197 in Galle.

Speaking about Bangladesh's final-day chase at P Sara he said, "I really thought that we could defend it, because we have played games with India and Pakistan and defended low scores. We also had three spinners. When we got two early wickets, I felt the same way, but after lunch they were in an attacking mood and scored some quick runs. That's where the match slipped from us in the fourth innings."

About Bangladesh’s lead he said, "I thought we made too many mistakes while fielding and batting. We dropped a couple of crucial catches and that was the main reason for us to lose the match. Shakib's catch was especially bad because he went on to a century. With a team this competitive, we can't let the little mistakes like that that come into our game."

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